Paula Andree, LISW-S has 25 years of experience working with families in a variety of settings including community mental health and being a provider of home based services. Paula opened the ABC of Ohio Columbus office 16 years ago.
She received her Master’s in Social Work from The Ohio State University and her BA in Individual and Family Studies from Kent State University.
Paula’s interest in families affected by complex trauma has led her to develop an experiential program focusing on equine assisted attachment therapy via a partnership with Natural Freedom Ranch. The activities with horses are integrated into the broader theoretical framework of addressing trauma and attachment.
Youngsters learn mindfulness, self-regulation and new ways of interacting.
Paula has presented at national conferences for the Association of Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACH) and North American Council on Adoptable Children as well as many local organizations. She is a member of National Association of Social Workers.
Paula is the adoptive mom to three children.
The services Paula provides are focused on treating and resolving the symptoms related to developmental trauma and attachment disruption that can be so disruptive to adoptive families. Paula’s treatment approach is trauma informed, developmentally sensitive, nurturing and non coercive.
Developmental trauma refers to the experience of multiple traumatic events that occur within the caregiving system. This includes neglect and emotional, physical and sexual abuse. These experiences have a profound impact on a child’s functioning.
Paula’s approach begins with the question “What happened to you?” rather than “What is wrong with you?” Treatment begins with an individualized assessment of the child or adolescent and family.
Ongoing services include individual and family therapy. Parents are an important part of the treatment process and will be involved in all phases of treatment. Parent support and education are included as part of the treatment process.
Paula is also able to provide equine facilitated relationship based psychotherapy in partnership with Natural Freedom in Meigs County.